QS Overall Rankings

The QS World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).  

In June 2023, QS published their 20th edition of the  QS World University Ranking Results 2024, with the largest ever number of universities partaking - a total of 1,500 institutions across 104 locations, up from 1,400 last year.  University of Galway was ranked 289th place in 2023 (down from 270th in 2022).   

The results incorporate 17.5 million academic papers published between 2017 and 2021. They also reflect the expert opinions of over 150,000 academic faculty and over 99,000 employers who partake in both the academic and employer reputation survey. The QS introduced faculty area normalisation in 2015 to ensure that institutions specialising in Life Sciences and Natural Sciences were not unduly advantaged. See more about the QS Methodology used in the rankings here 

New in the 2023: For their 20th edition, QS significantly evolved their methodology, reflecting the shift towards sustainability and employability and research collaborations in higher education. Three new indicators were introduced and some of the original metrics were rebalanced as detailed below: 

 New QS WUR Methodology



The chart below shows University of Galway's overall ranking performance in the QS World University Ranking since 2011 .

University of Galway's Ranking result 2011-2023

FINAL QS WUR Galway trend 11-23‌‌‌


10th April 2024 

QS World University Subject Rank 2024: University of Galway  achieved a global rank in 24 subjects, up from 23 in 2023, with a Top 100 Global Rank in 3 subjects. 


5th December 2023

University of Galway is ranked 120 in the second year of the QS Sustainability Ranking, up from 161-170 in 2022. 


27th September 2023

University of Galway retains it's global rank of 301-350 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024. 


20th September 2023

University of Galway is ranked 98th in Europe out of 690 institutions across 42 European locations in the inaugural QS World University Rankings: Europe 


27th June 2023

University of Galway is ranked 289th out of ~ 1500 institutions worldwide in the QS World university Rankings. 


1st June 2023

University of Galway continued to climb in the  5th edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) World IMPACT Rankings 2023, andhas a global rank of 34 (no. 1 in Ireland, up from 47 in 2022) out of a total  of 1,591 institutions from 112 countries across the World.

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22nd March 2023

QS World University Subject Rank 2023: University of Galway achieved a global rank in 23 Subjects, up from 22 last year - with Performing Arts at University of Galway achieiving a global rank of 101-120 for the first time. The subject of English at University of Galway also broke into the top 100 in the world, achieving a global subject rank of 91. 


12th October 2022

University of Galway has climbed in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2023,  into the 301-350 category, up from the 351-400 category last year.